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News Bytes: Disney Execs Take Pay Cut Amid Crisis, Adult Swim Streams All Samurai Jack & More

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News Bytes: Disney Execs Take Pay Cut Amid Crisis, Adult Swim Streams All Samurai Jack & More

Draw with Disney Animation: Learn to Sketch ‘Frozen’s Olaf with an Animator!
What better way to pass the many, many, many hours of unprecedented family togetherness than with a drawing tutorial from some of the world’s greatest animation artists? Animation supervisor Hyrum Osmond takes viewers through the process of drawing the beloved snowman in this 16-minute video.

Ann Arbor Film Festival 2020 Winners Announced
The Chris Frayne Award for Best Animated Film — an Oscar-qualifying honor which comes with a $1,000 cash prize — was awarded to Brussels-based artist Soetkin Verstegen for Freeze Frame.

Jim Houston Dies: Engineer and Two-Time Oscar Winner Was 61
The pioneer in motion imaging standards, computer animation and digital restoration passed due to a heart attack on Thursday, March 26 in Pasadena, Calif. Houston worked for 34 years for Sony Pictures Entertainment, Pacific Title & Art, Walt Disney Feature Animation and, since February, Samsung Research America. He won two Academy Awards for Scientific and Engineering Achievement.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Bucheon Int’l Animation Festival
BIAF 2020 will offer ~$42,000 in cash prizes in six categories (Feature, Short, Graduation, TV & Commissioned, Korean Short, VR) at this year’s event, scheduled for Oct. 23-27. There is no fee to submit films through the website or FilmFreeway. Deadline: June 30 (Short, Grad., TV & Comm.) July 31 (Feature, VR)

WATCH: ‘Samurai Jack’ Complete Series
Adult Swim has unlocked every episode of the celebrated Genndy Tartakovsky series to watch for free on its website. Who even remembers what “outside” is, anyway?

Bob Iger to Give Up Salary, Other Senior Disney Executives to Take Pay Cuts
Disney is one of the major companies implementing pay cuts for senior execs in the wake of the COVID-19 upheaval. Bob Chapek, who succeeded Iger as CEO, has taken a 50% pay cut. A memo to staff outlined a 20% reduction in salary for all VP-level execs starting April 5, 25% cut for Senior VPs, and 30% for execs of higher level. The company has committed to paying employees of shuttered Disney theme parks through April 18.

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